Archive for February, 2009

Descent and Emergence, The Clunks of

Friday, February 27th, 2009

At a certain point one imagines a pothole ceases to be that, and enters the realm of archeology or time travel, the road returned to an earlier state of being. Driving that stretch there of Logan just on the Target side of Western Ave is like a quick trip through some street level museum.

At Target I bought: an 8″ skillet for to eggmake along with Jet Dry for my dishwashing contraption, which WORKS, the Jet Dry. My whites are whiter or whatever’s the case. I also purchased a birthday card for my nephew who at this point last year nearly became a Leap Year Baby, but was saved by his mother from what would surely have been some kind of pschological bumpiness. I imagine. There is no chance whatsoever that the card will arrive in time for his birthday Sunday.

What to Wear

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The pleasant-as-hell interview I did with Jason Behrends has been posted to the Orange Alert website. In it we discuss: completion, robotic arms, scenes, and Joe Dimaggio. Many thanks to Jason for this and the invitation to read at April’s Orange Alert Reading Series.

Poor Scott Plagenhoef…

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The supreme asshole behind Pitchfork’s tidal outpouring of musical assholery manages today to truly outdo himself with his review of “Dark Was The Night”. In addition to complaining that the music is too folk-centric (he did not curate the album, unlucky guy) and admitting that his first reaction to hearing the album was “negative” despite midas-tagging it as “Best New Music” (he DID get to rate the album, lucky ed in chief), he also achieves the mind boggling juggle of both pleading for “more hip hop” on the album and NOT EVEN MENTIONING THE ONE SONG THAT IS HIP HOP. (more…)

En Masse

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Readings and so forth, upcoming:

March 3: A 12:00 reading at the John Flasch Library of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Eileen Favorite, author of The Heroines.

March 10: They’ve invited me back to Quickies! Chicago’s best new reading series at my favorite bar! 7:30 at the Innertown Pub in Wicker Park.

March 19: A reading and discussion at the Powell’s North Reading Series, beginning at 7:00 at the great Powell’s North Book Store, 2850 N Lincoln Ave.

March 28: Home! Reading and discussion and signing at the Barnes and Noble at Ladue Crossing, there where 170 meets Ladue Road, St. Louis, MO. Begins at 2:00…

April 19: Reading for the Orange Alert Reading Series at my local place to sit and drink, The Whistler. Begins at 5:30.

April 22: School! My dear old Pomona College welcomes me back for an afternoon reading and discussion, 4:15, somewhere on campus. Can. Not. Wait.